Baker Hughes field tests ultra-temperature ESPs in SAGD production systems

Nine Centrilift XP ESP production systems, which can operate at fluid temperatures up to 250°C have been installed since April 2010.

Calgary-based Cenovus Energy is currently field testing the Centrilift system at its Christina Lake, Alberta, thermal project. “We expect the more robust system to increase run life and minimize operational expenditures,” said Jason Abbate, a production engineer with Cenovus. “Because the ESP system is operated at higher temperatures than conventional systems, we can also expect higher oil production rates.”